Ajax steal it at the death

2011-12-22 07:21

Cape Town - Ajax Cape Town left in until the dying seconds before grabbing a 4-3 win over Black Leopards at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday evening. 

Ajax dominated the opening stages, playing some neat and free-flowing football.

Their dominance was also transferred into superiority on the score-sheet when after just two minutes a poor clearance from a Leopards player the ball fell to Brent Carelse, who scored with a well-placed volley.

Ajax then has Sander Westerveld to thank for keeping their lead in tact when he made a fantastic reflex save from Thomas Madimba.

But there was no denying Lidoda Duvha their equalising goal in the 16th minute when Rodney Ramagalela scored with a well taken low drive from 18-yards out.

The game remained open and fast-paced, with both teams intent on attacking.

The visiting side were to score next, taking the lead after 35 minutes as Kingston Nkhatha rose well in the box to glance home a corner kick.

Ajax however were soon back on level terms as Brett Evans slammed home a shot from 30-yards out, which perhaps Leopards keeper Postnett Omony should have kept out.

Deep in injury time the Cape side were back in front again as towering centre back Matthew Booth powered home a header.

It took some time of second half action before any real goal threats materialised as both teams struggled to create clear-cut chances in and around the box.

Ajax were perhaps controlling the game more, but had to wait until the 76th minute for their first real chance which saw Manyama’s volley tipped over by Omony following Billiat’s cross.

George Maluleka nearly got on the score-sheet a few minutes later, but his curling effort landed on top of the net.

Ajax seemed to be cruising, but there was some late drama as Nkhatha got his second of the game with a header from Kethokwakhe Masuku’s free kick.

But even deeper into injury time and Ajax struck back again, this time Manyama hammering the ball into the roof of the net to secure a late win.